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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Sutton Coldfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Monday, 1 April 2013
2:01 PM

jb38: I don't think there was any risk of the Humax input being overloaded. The gain of the Wickes amp is only 6dB. The Humax was reporting 50-55% signal strength. The amp which I'm now using is 12dB and the Humax is reporting 72% And the quality is a rock-steady 100% on all muxes (which it was, even at a lower signal level once I had removed the Wickes amp from the equation)

Ian: The amp is actually in an upstairs bedroom/office rather than the loft, but that's not important. It has both TV and FM radio inputs, which it distributes to various points around the house - hence the 6 outputs. Two of these are currently used for TVs and two for radios, and the others are in position where we might want one or the other at various times.

And yes, I'm now using two amps. The additional amp has one input and 3 outputs - 2 of which are in use. The input is connected to the aerial. One of the outputs goes to the Humax and its connected TV, and another output goes to the Wickes amp's UHF input - so that will continue to do everything it's always done EXCEPT for supplying the Humax.

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3:19 PM

Watt: I only mentioned what I did purely on the basis of the Labgear device shown in link that you provided as being an example of what your Wickes looked like, and of course that model shown in the example has a socket whereby you can use the unattenuated output of 18dB as well as the normal outputs.

However apart from that, although I fully realise that you now have everything set up to your liking, it would though have been interesting to know what the result would have been if you temporarily rigged up the offending Wickes near to the Humax just to find out if it acted in exactly the same fashion to when it was installed in the loft, because by it being installed at a jumper lead length away the Humax it would have been relatively easy to carry out some experiments with it, such as for example trying each of its outputs in turn whilst observing the effect, or in the case of RF instability being suspected watching for any minor changes in the signal quality if you clamped your hand over the casing etc, to name but just a couple of tests.

Still, I suppose as you have now found a use for the amp that does not involve the Humax then that's all that matters.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
4:03 PM

jb38: Yes, there are lots more things I COULD do but - having been tearing my hair out for 3 months, and having now found what seems to be a solution - I want to move on to other things!

Anyway, many thanks to all who have held my hand along the way.

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Friday, 5 April 2013
P Silverman
10:13 AM

Will BBC be dismantling the "Temporary" mast at SUTTON COLDFIELD or is it now permanent?

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Mike Dimmick

6:44 PM

P Silverman: The masts are owned by Arqiva, the BBC no longer owns any of its own transmission infrastructure (it was sold off in around 1995).

The mast is, as far as I know, temporary. Arqiva recently applied for, and were granted, a variation of the planning permission under which they extended the permanent mast. That variation (number 2012/05959/PA) says they must remove the temporary mast and its access road by 28 February next year. In practice that means it will come down this summer.

Arqiva asked for the extension of time basically because Ofcom are threatening to reorganize the TV spectrum once again, which could mean further changes to the antennas on the permanent mast. The current plan for launching the interim multiplexes in the 600 MHz band does not require any changes, however.….pdf

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Thursday, 11 April 2013
3:06 PM

what is going on now

for about 2 weeks we've been getting random break-ups on multiple channels
This morning every mux except 1 went dead for about 2 minutes - no signal nothing

is freeview EVER going to be a service that can be relied on?
What are they playing around with now?

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Thursday, 2 May 2013
Sally Clayton
1:04 PM


My mother gets wonderful reception all day then at 7pm her picture breaks up for the rest of the night this has just started happening 3 nights ago. There is nothing new in the house that switches on at that time. It is really maddening as she relys on her TV. It is always 7pm on the dot.
She has an ariel on the roof that has been checked. We have also taken her Freesat box off to see if that makes any different.
Do you have any suggestions?

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Dave Lindsay

1:11 PM

Sally Clayton: It sounds like there is some source of interference in the form of a noisy electrical appliance that cuts in by timer. It could be in a neighbour's house.

See here for a suggestion to someone else encountering a similar issue:

Feedback | Feedback | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

7:41 PM

Sally Clayton: In addition to that already said by Dave Lindsay, in cases such as you have described its always advisable (and without exception) to make a few checks with others around your locality (or mothers anyway) for the purpose of finding out if the problem is solely confined to your mothers installation or if others are also being affected, because if its found out that they are then there is obviously no point in making needless checks within your mothers household.

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Thursday, 23 May 2013
Peter Hedges
2:48 PM

I receive signals from Sutton Coldfield most of which are OK but I have a problem with COM 5 on channel 45. My Samsung TV shows 100% signal quality on channels 43 and 46. Dave comes in at around 10% on channel 45. It's not my PVR interfering. Any ideas?

I tried the suggestion of removing all channels and then retuning. I now have Dave at 100% from Oxford on a loft aerial in Stow on the Wold pointing at Sutton Coldfield. Good suggestion, thanks.

Samsung have told me I can't have a mixture of channels from different transmitters!

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